Hedy's Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

This was a terrific, beautiful book, though I have one thing that I didn't expect. I thought Hedy would be a kid, not the teen/adult she was in the book. This for various reasons, often when they say girl, they mean a child (at least going by what I see in English books/movies), and also there aren't that many picture books from the POV of an older teen/adult.

But the story is absolutely gorgeous! And it brought tears to my eyes. Poor Hedy, poor Marika.

The journey was a harrow one, especially the part where they travel to America, to safety. I was at first worried that they would go back to Hungary again (don't do it I was shouting at my book), but thankfully they were in luck and they could go to safety.

There was quite a bit of text on each page, but I didn't mind it. The text is often lovely interwoven with the illustrations. The language is quite easy (as in not that many difficult words, short-ish sentences), though, unlike other picture books, this one is definitely for an older audience because of the amount of text, plus the tiny font, plus that there are some words that not every kid that is normally the age group for picture books, will understand.

This book will definitely get bought by me, and I will also be sure to recommend it to people when they ask for a WWII book.

I also love the ending in which we have a timeline, and some information about the family, and about the daughter who wrote the book. We also have some family photographs, and I loved that they were added.

The illustrations are the last part I want to discuss, and I definitely liked the style. It fitted seamlessly with the text and the story. The illustrator really captured the right feeling with their illustrations.

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" I enjoyed this book and think it would be a great way to teach kids about the holocaust and what it was like for people who had to flee from thier homes.The book Is about a real girl named Hedy who has to leave her home and travel to America and the struggles she faced. She also happens to be the authors mother. " said.

" Lovely illustrations! True story of the author's mother's flight to America to escape Hungary during World War II. Short and easy read, very basic detail for younger readers, but doesn't gloss over the bad stuff either. " said.

" This is a beautifully illustrated book. The story is hardworking but very personal and serves as more of a biographical read. All in all, very interesting and inspiring story. " said.

" Moving story, beautiful illustrations. " said.

" Hedy and her family fear for their lives and must escape Hungary at all cost. Although this is a children's book, it was a bit of a thriller and the historical facts were not glossed over.I loved the illustrations - they were just the right balance to what could have been a very sad story. " said.

" I have loved reading Holocaust literature for as long as I can remember. This book was stunning, because the story was true. The illustrations were wonderful, and the family's perseverance was remarkable. A definite must read.I received this as an ebook from NetGalley. " said.

" While I like that this book tells the story from a Hungarian perspective, I didn't love it. This topic is generally taught between fifth and eighth grades. Considering this, I would appreciate greater strength in word choice, vocabulary, and depth of content that would be more appropriate to the age of the reader. The pictures are beautiful and I enjoyed the added text features. " said.

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